literature

Mary South on Content Moderation and Trauma

Mary South on Content Moderation and Trauma

The author Mary South discusses “You Will Never Be Forgotten,” her story from the January 27, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.
Passport and Nobels

Passport and Nobels

I used to have a proper passport from the “Socialist Federation Republic of Yugoslavia,” and a fine, diplomatic one, too. At the time that was the most-desired passport in the black market, requiring
Bryan Washington on Writing Stories That Don’t Make You Feel Worse

Bryan Washington on Writing Stories That Don’t Make You Feel Worse

The author Bryan Washington discusses “Visitor,” his story from the January 20, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.
Teeth-Baring Dracula Reveals Himself on Sinister Billboard Only When the Sun Sets

Teeth-Baring Dracula Reveals Himself on Sinister Billboard Only When the Sun Sets

In a newly released advertisement for BBC One’s remaking of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the iconic vampire stays true to his vile nature and appears only at nightfall. During the day, the sinister
Douglas Stuart on Growing Up Queer Before the Internet

Douglas Stuart on Growing Up Queer Before the Internet

The author Douglas Stuart discusses “Found Wanting,” his story from the January 13, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.
What John Dos Passos’s “1919” Got Right About 2019

What John Dos Passos’s “1919” Got Right About 2019

Matt Hanson writes about what John Dos Passos‘s “1919” and the rest of the author‘s “U.S.A.” trilogy got right about the modern era.
The New Yorker’s Twenty-Five Best Poems of 2019

The New Yorker’s Twenty-Five Best Poems of 2019

Hannah Aizenman writes about twenty-five of the best poems published in The New Yorker in 2019, including works by Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, Ciaran Carson, Ariel Francisco, Aria Aber, Kwame Dawes, Ilya
A Decade of the New Yorker Fiction Podcast

A Decade of the New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Deborah Treisman, the fiction editor of The New Yorker, revisits a decade of the Fiction Podcast.
The Holiday Crossword: 2019 in Literature

The Holiday Crossword: 2019 in Literature

A free, online puzzle, with answers and clues that exhibit the wit and intelligence of the magazine.
The seven most crucial climate change novels

The seven most crucial climate change novels

Climate anxiety is a part of many people’s mental landscape and daily lives. This reality has its own literary subgenre—climate fiction, or cli-fi—and it's a trend that’s that’s gained astonishing
Camille Bordas on the Drawbacks of Sincerity

Camille Bordas on the Drawbacks of Sincerity

The author Camille Bordas discusses “Only Orange,” her story from the December 23, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.
Sunday Reading: The Allure of Science Fiction

Sunday Reading: The Allure of Science Fiction

From The New Yorker’s archive, pieces about science fiction and fantasy, by John Seabrook, Julie Phillips, Colson Whitehead, Margaret Atwood, and Joyce Carol Oates.
How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing

How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing

Amitava Kumar writes about censorship and the work of the Indian writer Perumal Murugan, whose book “Poonachi” will be published in the U.S. this month as “The Story of a Goat.”
Video games have become a new form of literature

Video games have become a new form of literature

Interaction makes the player feel like an active participant in the narrative’s progression; when they are in truth still a voyeur, bound by predetermined authorial structures as they might be in
Emilio Fraia on Stories Within Stories

Emilio Fraia on Stories Within Stories

The author Emilio Fraia discusses “Sevastopol,” her story from the December 16, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.

‘Existential’ Is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year. Here’s Why

Forky from 'Toy Story 4' played a role in the decision

‘Existential’ Is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year. Here’s Why

Forky from 'Toy Story 4' played a role in the decision
Clare Sestanovich on Desire and the Dangers of Metaphor

Clare Sestanovich on Desire and the Dangers of Metaphor

The author Clare Sestanovich discusses “Old Hope,” her story from the December 9, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.
The Best Books of 2019

The Best Books of 2019

Katy Waldman picks the best books of 2019, including “Mostly Dead Things,” by Kristen Arnett, “How We Fight for Our Lives,” by Saeed Jones, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” by Ocean Vuong, and more.